Yet another reason to be grateful for man's best friend.
Eleven-year-old Austin Forman stepped outside his home northeast of Vancouver to help out and grab some firewood. Then a cougar charged at him!
"I was really scared. At first, I didn't know it was a cougar. I thought it was another dog," Austin said. "As soon as it went underneath the light, I saw that it was a cougar. I knew at that moment, I had to go inside."
His trusty golden retriever, Angel, turned around and, to protect Austin, went right for the cougar. The poor, frightened kid ran inside to tell his mom that a cougar was eating their dog -- he was so hysterical she could barely make out what he was saying. And all the mom heard when she went to look out the window was whimpering.
After calling 911, a responding officer found the cougar chewing on the poor dog's neck under the porch. The officer shot the cougar twice in the butt, but it kept on with its attack. He shot it once more at close range and killed it, poor Angel's head still in its jaws.
Then, miracle of miracles, Angel "took in a big gasp of air and got up." He's got a bunch of bites around his head and a swollen eye, but his recovery looks good.
Apparently right before the attack, "Austin had come into the house to tell the family how cute it was that Angel had been following him around." Austin's mother said the dog "must've known something was up."
The family has now aptly tweaked the dog's moniker to "Guardian Angel."
So scary to think what would've happened had that brave golden retriever not been around! And how fortunate the pooch has quite the guardian angel herself!
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|